Natural Way in Diet or The Proper Food of Manby Lewis H. Anderson
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Natural Way in Diet or The Proper Food of Man by Prof. Lewis H. Anderson was originally Published by The National Institute of Science, Masonic Temple, Chicago, III. in 1898. This is a very interesting book that puts forth the arguments for becoming a vegetarian and maintaining a proper diet for good health. BE WARNED; there are parts of this book that describe the slaughtering of animals, cruelty in laboratory experiments, and vivisection (the practice of subjecting living animals to cutting operations, especially in order to advance physiological and pathological knowledge). This also may be one of the first books that comes out against using animals as fashion accessories, (Furs and Feathers).
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Introduction — Chapter I. Man not Naturally a Carnivore — Chapter II. Health and Right Living — Chapter III. Diet — Chapter IV. High Thinking Results in Universal Success — Chapter V. Cruelty, Depraved Appetites, Disease and Death — Chapter VI. Vivisection — Chapter VII. Studies in Foods — Chapter VIII. Effects of Different Foods — Chapter IX. Opinions of the Ancients — Chapter X. Opinions of Modern Thinkers
.....It can not be denied by any one who has given the slightest thought to the subject of the influence of foods upon the functions of body and mind, that a pure diet will result in a pure body, a pure body in pure thoughts, higher ideals, and nobler aspirations. If the system is furnished with healthful material with which to build, and the delicate organs perform their work in a natural manner, the whole body will be clean in every department. If every law of Nature is obeyed, the whole human organism will be perfect in every respect. It is by disobedience that man brings disease, weakness and sin into his life. Every pang suffered, whether of physical or mental anguish, is the direct result of a broken law. For every broken law there is its attendant and consequent evil affecting the body corporal and the body spiritual.
.....I trust that he who reads this book may be led to give serious thought to the subject of foods and their relation to human life. That he will observe the truth of the statements here given in the lives of those about him, and that he may be lead to abandon forever the gross and filthy habits of eating and drinking, and substitute for the hot and heavy pastries, greasy vegetables and half-cooked carcasses of murdered animals.
.....The time-honored custom of consuming the flesh of animals which has prevailed for so long has flourished unchecked throughout the centuries, in consequence of the popular belief that such a form of diet is both natural for man and necessary.
....."There are scores of members of the Audubon societies from Boston to San Francisco who wear featherless bonnets on their heads but wrap their bodies in the skins of the mother seal and its baby. A prominent woman member of the Illinois Audubon society when playfully accused of hypocrisy by a bird-wearing sister because the Audubon member had on a sealskin sacque said in reply that seals did not sing in one's garden nor did they rear their young in the bushes under one's windows. Then she was chided again for not holding that cruelty at a distance was as wrong as cruelty practiced at home.
.....Neither do the fashion-makers and the tradesmen care whether their efforts make women beautiful or not providing they can but succeed in creating a demand for their wares and fill their pocket-books to overflowing with that which they value more than honor, more than life.
.....It is a terrible thing to think that men and women will thus become deaf to all the higher laws of their beings, and willingly slaughter thousands of animals to gratify a foolish vanity and an abnormal appetite. It is not because they obtain greater satisfaction from eating flesh, from wearing feathers and furs, or from sacrificing their fellow-creatures to the cause of science in order that they may ascertain facts regarding human anatomy than they would by living natural lives. Fashion dictates what shall be worn, and all bow to her decree. The Scientist, impelled by a morbid curiosity, begins to war against the lower creatures, and immediately has a following of enthusiasts. The fact that both are unnecessary and criminal carries no weight with the devotee to society or the savant.....
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